I’m Not the Blogger You’re Looking For

I’m supposed to be writing a blog post right now. Actually, I was supposed to write on about six hours ago. But the sore throat, snuffly nose, cotton-wool head, achey muscle fairy came by last night and left me feeling a wee bit… shall we say, uncomfortable?

So rather than inflict some terribly bad prose upon you, I thought I’d share a few posts from some of my favourite bloggers. These five posts are all brand new (written less than a couple of days ago), and are written by bloggers you could do worse than to read, follow, and love.

“It Was a Dark and Stormy Night.” Of course it was.

Vaughn Roycroft talks about his love of reading and writing in winter, and using winter as a backdrop in his novels.

There is something special about an impending storm—a potent cocktail of edgy anticipation and hunkering snugness. My characters endure swirling snow, bone-chilling wind, and stinging rain. My stormy mood is often imposed upon their world, creating a beautiful melancholia—the perfect backdrop for heightened conflict and emotional perseverance. <read more>

Names

Dan Thompson gives some practical advice on how to go about choosing names for characters.

A common question for new writers is where do you get your character names? You wouldn’t think that was much of a problem, but a lot of stories are populated by the all-too-common John’s and Mary’s. Jumping to the other extreme, we run into some tales filled with Xg’hanpl and Krnozj and other disemvoweled words. <read more>

So, You Wanna Be Gluten-Free?

Stephanie explains why choosing to eat gluten-free when you don’t have allergies is more trouble than it’s worth.

For anyone considering going gluten-free as a health-conscious, or “diet” option, I would strongly urge you to consider otherwise. Gluten-free living has roadblocks and detours that I, had I not discovered my allergies, would be less than enthusiastic about overcoming. Between the cost of my quality of social interaction (i.e., dinner and a movie with my husband or a drink with the girls) and the actual cost of living gluten-free in time and money, were I able to avoid these behemoth sacrifices, I would. <read more>

Football is our India Gang Rape

Bridget discusses the culture of football in America, where sexual assault and rape are covered up to protect the reputation of “The Game”.

I can’t help but draw a comparison between the gang-rape in India and the rape scandals that seem to plague the American institution of football. Penn State, Notre Dame, and Steubenville High School have all been accused of covering up or ignoring rape allegations in order to protect their football programs. <read more>

Mean people suck! (Or maybe they don’t?)

Janelle shares an experience where an old lady is mean to her toddler… and learns something inspiring along the way.

I wonder what kind of life must have been endured, to turn a human heart cold against the irresistible warmth of a baby. To make it impossible to utter a “hello,” to find even one millisecond of joy in the antics of a little girl, throwing her innocence and smile and trust your way, a complete stranger, even for just a moment becoming your child, your friend, your own. <read more>

Share with me! What did you think of these posts? Have you come across any must-reads recently? 

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10 responses to “I’m Not the Blogger You’re Looking For

  1. Sorry to hear you’re under the weather. Hope you feel better soon. Looking forward to your next post. 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing, Jo! Hope you feel better–I’m just getting over a cold. Will check out the others. Have a great weekend!

  3. Thanks for the shout-out Jo! I hope you get well very soon!!

  4. I hope you’re feeling better soon, Jo! Thanks for the links to these great posts 😉

  5. Feel better soon. I was sick two weeks ago and I posted links, too. I wonder if they have therapeutic value. 🙂

    I was leery about reading the “dark and stormy night” post, since that’s how my new story starts, but I liked the one on names. Two other factors are: 1) if the parents chose the name, is it a name that those parents would have chosen (based on what we know about them); 2) if the character chose the name (which is true for a lot of my characters), is it a name that character would have chosen?

    The must-read post I’ve seen recently was this one:
    http://www.tsbazelli.com/blog/2013/01/bad-advice/
    Because bad writing advice is just everywhere. Check the comments for some great examples.

    • Thanks, Anthony. I think it must have a therapuetic effect, because I’m feeling much better now. 🙂

      Oh, and don’t fret about reeding Vaughn’s post — it’s not about that story opening, it’s about the way seasons (especially winter) affect our writing.

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